- 08 Oct 21
Van Halen's son opens up following the one year anniversary of the rock-star's death.
Wolfgang wrote an emotional statement dedicated to his father Eddie one year from his passing.
‘You fought so hard for so long, but you were still taken away. It’s just unfair,’ the post reads.
Having first been diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000, Eddie struggled with the disease for much of his life. A successful surgery saw the artist lose a third of his tongue, but in 2002 he was declared cancer-free. He was again diagnosed with the disease in 2011 - this time affecting his throat. After a decade of fighting off the illness, he finally passed away on October 6th, 2020.
"I’m not OK. I don’t think I’ll ever be OK. There’s so much I wish I could show you," Wolfgang continues. "So many things I wish I could share with you. I wish I could laugh with you again. I wish I could hug you again. I miss you so much it hurts."
The artist's death rocked the music world last year. Tributes flooded in for the Van Halen's front man, with scores of artists expressing the influence and memories the Dutch-born guitarist left behind.
— Wolf Van Halen 🐺 🚐 🙌 (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2021
With one of the most successful rock début albums, Van Halen - started by brothers Eddie and Alex - skyrocketed to fame in the late ‘70s. The band went on to release some of the most iconic anthems of the 80s; most memorable amongst them their 1983 smash hit ‘Jump’.
Eddie’s son is a talented musician in his own right, having played bass for Van Halen since 2006. This year has seen the release of his début album with his band Mammoth WVH. The self-titled project received positive reviews and climbed to the top spot of both the independent and rock charts in the states.